Woodfield Brady Architects are an RIBA award-winning practice serving Berkshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding counties from their studio just outside Newbury. Commissions range from bespoke domestic extensions for private clients, to larger scale redevelopments and refurbishments, typically working with heritage assets or within sensitive rural and urban settings.
As well as residential and commercial projects, we have received challenging commissions for private livery stables, museums, churches and community buildings. We have worked on a vast range of building types including historic granaries, dovecotes and barns as well as Victorian asylums and water towers. We thrive on an exciting mix of different projects!
Allan Woodfield and Kevin Brady are both RIBA Chartered Architects with over 30 years experience between them. Their work together over fifteen years has been recognised both locally, including (Royal Institute of British Architects) RIBA South Conservation Awards and Chilterns Buildings Design Awards and at the highest national levels, including RIBA Awards and short-listing (to one of a final 4 projects) in the Crown Estate Award, which is one of the RIBA's highest conservation honours, and celebrated alongside the Stirling Prize.
All members of our practice have successfully undertaken formal RIBA accredited higher education at UK Universities. Every project is director-led from inception to completion. Whilst one director will be tasked with managing the design and detailing process of the project, the other will act as design reviewer within the studio. The philosophy of the practice is one of collaboration both within the studio and in working with the valued expertise of the consultant team.
We believe that the success of every project is wholly reliant on a constant dialogue and consultation with both the client and other interested parties throughout the development of the project from initial brief to successful project handover. Our role is to interpret the client's initial brief and aspirations, and to encourage their ongoing participation throughout the project process. Communication is key to understanding the development of any design, and we utilise a wide variety of media from traditional sketches and drawings, through physical models and computer generated images to assist the dialogue.
Our approach to every project involves a thorough analysis of the site and surrounding context, together with the client brief, budget and programme. Such an approach avoids any tendency to fall back on a 'house style'; instead we strive to identify the specific site constraints and opportunities enabling fresh and innovative solutions that are rooted in the context of each unique location.
Our continued development programme and passion for architecture ensures that we remain alert to ever changing technologies, planning and building legislation and health and safety regulations. We embrace a holistic approach to sustainability from the outset of each project seeking to harness where possible passive energy measures before active technologies. At every stage of the process we remain mindful of the project budget and, through continuous interrogation of the design, strive to deliver added value, identifying hidden opportunities.
Ultimately our aim is to deliver quality-driven projects that fulfil a given brief on time and within budget, whilst bringing delight to occupants and visitors alike.